Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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What is it about a bad day that makes you want to call for take-out and curl up on the couch? Maybe I’ve watched too many episodes of Sex & the City? (I’m totally a Carrie.)

I’m definitely an emotional eater. For me, food is comfort and I’m always tempted to reach for unhealthy options in those situations — GIVE ME ALL THE DARK CHOCOLATE. But, in order to have a healthy relationship with food that’s a habit that has to stop. So I’m making an effort to reach for healthier versions of my favorite comfort foods when I feel the urge.

These Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps are the perfect guilt-free solution for those rough days. They have all the familiar flavors of your favorite Chinese dish without the grease and calories.

Next time you’re having a bad day, call up your BFF and whip these up! And, definitely split a  bottle of wine. Balance, right?

Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs. boneless chicken breast, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 Tbsp. Hoisin sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. dark sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1.5 tsp. chili garlic sauce
  • 1 tsp. grated, peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. grated orange rind
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. Mirin (you can find this in the Asian food section of your grocery store near rice vinegar and soy sauce)
  • 8 large lettuce leaves
  • Sesame seeds (optional)

Directions:

  1. Combine hoisin sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, ginger, orange rind, garlic and Mirin in medium bowl. Whisk until combined.
  2. Add chicken to sauce and toss to coat.
  3. Coat a large pan with cooking spray. Add chicken to pan and sauté over medium-high heat until cooked through, about ten minutes.
  4. Spoon chicken into lettuce leaves, sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.

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